A Southern Basin Water Summit will be convened in November at Tatura to look at progress in the Murray Darling Basin Plan and how it is affected our community.
The summit will look at:.
- an overview of the environmental gains;
- a review of the completed socio-economic studies and their relationship to the recovery of the additional 450GL;
- the failure of the Murray Darling Basin Authority to effectively monitor the Plan and ensure compliance;
- questions around the latest cap compliance report and the actual amount of water in the system;
- unresolved issues regarding constraints projects; and
- opportunities for moving forward.
The meeting will be held on November 10.
Member for Shepparton, Suzanna Sheed said it was important to lobby governments to take immediate action to mitigate the damage currently occurring to irrigation communities as a result of the determined rollout of the Murray Darling Basin Plan without regard to the negative socio-economic impacts on local communities.
“There is now ample evidence from reputable reports commissioned over the last 18 months which show the serious impacts on our farming towns and communities throughout the southern basin.
The summit willbe hosted by the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District Water Leadership Forum which Ms Sheed co-chairs as well as the Committee for Greater Shepparton.
Water Ministers from Basin states are due to meet at the end of November to sign off on 605GL of environmental offset projects and to finalise a process for recovering an additional 450GL from the consumptive pool.
Ms Sheed said it could be disastrous for communities if these decisions are made without all the information on the table.
She said it was vital that affected communities join together to voice their concerns before it was too late.
“Our communities are hurting and no one is listening,” Ms Sheed said.